14 Tips on how to De-Stress Children While Traveling

14 Tips on how to De-Stress Children While Traveling

Most mothers dread the words, “I am bored” when muttered by their children because there are only so many ways you can keep your child occupied and once you run out of ways the tantrums and crying ensues.

This is still easier to deal with when at home as you have plenty of options to get your little ones engaged but while traveling it’s a completely different story. Traveling generally involves a whole lot of hustle-bustle which the children find it hard to cope with accompanies by the generally long commutes during family vacations is hard for the children. How can you keep your children calm and engage for the duration of the travel?

Here is a list of 14 tips which can help you to de-stress your children during travel:

  1.    Schedule Smartly: While chalking out a plan for your vacation be realistic and always remember to leave time throughout the day for naps and rest for your children. It is not only essential that they are rested so that they aren’t cranky and crying but also because sleep in the early stages is an essential part of growth.
  2.    Wear them out: Mae sure that you’re that you try and ensure that your children are moving and playing around as much as possible as you travel or even while on vacation as it tires them out and they will fall asleep early and a good night’s sleep is a great way to reduce stress for both the children and you as parents.
  3.    Familiar toys: Remember to carry along with your familiar toys and other things like a favourite blanket or even their special Sippy-cup.
  4.    The magic of Music: Music with a higher tempo can help the children dance and hence release the stored-up energy while on the other hand calming music helps put children to sleep.
  5.    Food: Stick to your regular diet for the children as any changes may result in changes in their sleep cycle for instance if they are high on sugar.
  6.    Warning: Try and communicate to your child beforehand as to how things are going to be different as you travel and even as you reach your destination, mentally prepare them in a way of sorts to be ready for the changes.
  7.    One-on-One: It is essential that you spend a minimum of 15 minutes daily with your children one-on-one as a parent.
  8.    Take it out: Children are still learning to speak and communicate, at times they are frustrated and do not know how to convey the same and hence at out. Try and understand your child and figure out what they are trying to say or communicate and you will be surprised how that quickly solves the problem at times.
  9.    Laughter therapy: Acting goofy and fooling around with your kids and finding humour in situations is a good way to get them laughing. If nothing then the good old tickle will do the trick. Laughing can be a great way to de-stress your children.
  10.    Massages: Give your children a back or feet rub while you talk to them or even while listening to calm and soothing music, this may help calm them and reduce any stress they might be having.
  11.    Take a Breather: Simple breathing exercises when done with your children can be a fun activity and can be calming and de-stressing for both, the children and the parents.
  12.    Activities: Blowing bubbles or even tossing a balloon around can keep them busy for a decent amount of time and will eventually tire them out. This can also be a fun way for the parent to play with their children while on vacation as a family activity.
  13.    Bedtime Ritual: Have your child tell you what they liked about their day and what all they learnt or say during their travel. Reading to them and cuddling are also calming activities to help them have a good night’s sleep.
  14.    Expressing Gratitude: Help your child understand and express his/her gratitude for all the things they have like family, home, friends, food, books & toys.

22 thoughts on “14 Tips on how to De-Stress Children While Traveling

  • August 21, 2018 at 9:27 am
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    Travelling time is the most important to me, I made this mistake with my son and I am sure everyone wanted to kill me on the plane when he decided he would scream for five hours straight and accept nothing.

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  • August 21, 2018 at 10:53 am
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    These are some great tips. Will sure come in handy, later down the road. Thanks for the tips.

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  • August 21, 2018 at 1:42 pm
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    Traveling with kids can be indeed difficult. You do have some amazing tips right here!

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  • August 21, 2018 at 1:44 pm
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    THIS is going to come in handy in a couple of months! My husband and I don’t plan on changing much with out lives, we plan on adopting something NEW into it. IE: our unborn child. So we shall see how these tips may help us!

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  • August 21, 2018 at 1:54 pm
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    I will surely be needing this tips once I start travelling and bringing my child with me. He is just 6months old now so we haven’t made big travels yet. Thank you for this tips, i think they are all effective

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  • August 21, 2018 at 4:28 pm
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    Such great tips! I had a daughter that had severe travel anxiety, but we kept working through then and now at age 19 she’s traveling the world on her own!

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  • August 21, 2018 at 4:37 pm
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    My boys are older so they do well but still get bored. A walk always helps them in the airport.

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  • August 21, 2018 at 6:47 pm
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    Good to know. I find headphones work for me when traveling with my kids. I can tune out the whining 😉

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  • August 21, 2018 at 8:31 pm
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    I completely agree with some of these! It is super important to keep to your current bed-time ritual and to bring familiar toys!

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  • August 22, 2018 at 6:06 am
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    Those tips listed are totally awesome! Travel with kids is super fun and it makes kids enjoy.

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  • August 22, 2018 at 9:39 am
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    My kids find it hard to sleep when they are away from home. So I make sure to wear them out during our travels. They easily fall asleep when tired. i also bring their most loved pillow and sheets.

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  • August 22, 2018 at 10:47 am
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    Travelling time is most important for me. Well for now i dont have kids but may be within 2 or 3 years I will need these suggestions.

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  • August 22, 2018 at 11:36 am
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    You got all the perfect tips for the family traveling with kids! I will share this to my friends who are always struggling with this.

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  • August 22, 2018 at 2:31 pm
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    This article is excellent. I love to travel with my kids, but yes… sometimes they can get anxious and its better to be prepared… and not only with patience but with some knowledge 😉 Thanks for sharing!

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  • August 22, 2018 at 4:42 pm
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    I wish I had these tips when my son was younger. Now he’s much better and easier to keep busy and entertain. I’m sure lots of mommies will love these tips. Yay!!!

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  • August 23, 2018 at 3:39 pm
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    I think spending one on one time together is a must every single day. And the more laughter the better. These tips are worth printing out.

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  • August 23, 2018 at 5:50 pm
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    Very useful tips. Hopefully one day I would be able to use it while travelling with my own kids. Thanks for sharing!

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  • August 23, 2018 at 7:37 pm
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    I think communication is very big. Let them know about all the changes. Also I would plan a lot more time with children when traveling from one place to another.

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  • August 24, 2018 at 1:38 am
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    Kids can be difficult when it comes to traveling. These tips are so needed it if you have a small kid. My daughter is 13 and I always try to wear her out on all trips we take even at her current age.

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  • August 24, 2018 at 5:51 am
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    Many of us struggling with this. At the right moment we found your blog next month we are travelling with kids and hope this tips do wonders. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward for more useful tips.

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  • August 27, 2018 at 5:18 am
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    These are some great tips for parents who struggle with bring kids to traveling. I dont have kids now, but I will keep these in mind for future.

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